How Filmmaker Duo The Mercadantes Keep it Real

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 30, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Film
Tags: advertising, Film

You’ll probably recognize the aesthetic and tone of filmmakers Daniel Mercadante and Katina Hubbard from recent Apple spots. There’s a consistent level of authenticity and down-home charm to all their work. On top of that, there’s often an underlying message and somewhat subliminal meaning to their films that creeps up and sticks with you. 


Despite the fact that their films are so calm and "real," they still keep you on the edge of your seat. My personal favorites, which you can watch below, are "Words," "Baseball," and especially "Symmetry."

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Kickstarting Classics: Reissuing the Standards Manual

Curator: Peter McClelland
date: September 29, 2014
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Information Design, Typography
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We probably all think of kickstarter as an outlet for wacky new inventions. Luckily some design nerds (no offense to Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth) saw an opportunity to share a piece of design legend with the world. They’ve rebuilt Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda's signage and way finding system, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. 364 pages of perfectly crafted letterforms and information design. So if you’re an admirer of Vignelli and you’ve got some money lying around—hurry up and back it.

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Helsinki's 2014 Flow Festival Branding by Finnish Studio Tsto

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 19, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Brand & Identity Design, Design in Music, Environmental Design, Typography
Tags: branding, identity design, music, signage
Recently on a trip to Finland I happened upon the amazing design work for Helsinki's Flow Festival by local studio Tsto. The banners and event posters enticed my girlfriend and I so much that we decided to go and check it out.
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Mikey Burton's Experimental Food Illustration Blog, Barrel Body

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 18, 2014
Categories: Illustration
Tags: Design, food, illustration
Illustrator and designer Mikey Burton loves food. In fact, he loves food so much that he's been documenting everything he eats. 

I recently stumbled upon Burton's blog, Barrel Body, which appears to be a playground of sorts for him: a place to try new styles, take chances and "get weird" with his designs. It's a nice reminder that a designer/illustrator should always keep playing to keep their craft fresh.



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Josh Cochran's #StoryoftheOpen Billboard for the U.S. Open

Curator: Dan Blackman
date: September 17, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Art, Illustration
Tags: advertising, painting, sports
New York illustrator Josh Cochran just wrapped up his 15 day #StoryoftheOpen billboard project, commissioned by the U.S. Open. 

The concept (by DDB for USTA) was to capture and paint this year's most memorable daily moments at the Open. The best of each day would then be painted by Cochran on a billboard at the entrance of the Midtown Tunnel. 

It was a complete joy to keep up with the project over the course of Open, and to see what Josh was going to paint next.


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